Hello and welcome to the LIVE commentary for Wednesday's matches of the Inter Zone Challenge Week between Patna Pirates and Jaipur Pink Panthers, followed by the clash between Gujarat Fortune Giants and Tamil Thalaivas at Patliputra Sports Complex in Patna.
25-36 A resounding win for the Fortunegiants here as Ajay Thakur just watches the timer tick away. A very good show from a very young unit.
25-35 Sachin has successfully been held back. He tries to reach the line with his outstretched arm but fails.
24-35 Sukesh Hegde gets a point. Too late now.
23-35 A couple of minutes remaining on the clock. Almost impossible for the Thalaivas to bounce back from here.
Official timeout taken.
22-34 Sachin raids successfully. It has been a good day for the youngster.
22-33 Ajay Thakur slips into the hands of the defence, quiet literally.
22-32 A Do-or-Die raid for Sukhesh Hegde, and he picks up a touch point. Fails to get the bonus.
21-32 A Do-or-Die raid for Gujarat. Sachin gradually runs out of time as Amit Hooda nabs him. Hooda has 100% tackle rate to show for today.
20-32 What a clumsy work from Athul. Too slow! Leaks more points.
Official Timeout taken.
20-31 Ajay Kumar with an empty raid yet again. Thalaivas in deep trouble. They need quick points now. 9 minutes to go, but their main man Thakur is on the bench.
20-29 Ajay Thakur has been gifted two points. Although unsupported by most of his team-mates Thakur continues to shine.
16-28 A 12-point difference now. Well Thalaivas post the second half has been exactly the opposite of what it seemed like previously. Darshan adds to the woes with his fifth unsuccessful tackle.
15-23 Super tackle on as Tamil Thalaivas look to pin Sachin Tanwar. Manjeet Chillar comes up with a poor show as he lets tanwar slip. What was that?
15-20 An empty raid by Ajay Kumar here. Jasvir Singh also comes back with an empty raid despite the bonus being available.
15-18 Darshan with four unsuccessful tackle attempts now. Tagged by Sachin, goes to the bench.
14-17 Ajay Thakur on the bench as he has been tackled down by the Fortunegiants' defence! He hardly expected it.
A closely-contested affair: The scores have been level on more than a number of occasions. You cannot guess where the match would go from here on unlike the last encounter that we saw Friday evening.
14-16 Half-time it is as Ajay Kumar bags the last point.
12-13 Ajay Kumar gets a point as Darshan as commits the same mistake. Thrice now. Edges a bit towards the outside as Ajay's fingers grazes his right thigh.
The contest is all heated up. It is all neck-to-neck.
12-12 Amit Hooda comes up yet again with a strong ankle hold as Ajay Thakur is floored. Stays pretty low when he does that. The typical Amit Hooda move!
11-11 Sukesh Hegde returns with an empty raid.
9-11 Ajay Thakur tags the Gujarat skipper as he makes it to the midline.
9-9 Jasvir Singh trapped by the second line of defence. Sachin pulls off a fine job there.
8-8 Sukesh falls. Shows no sign of struggle as he gives in to the Gujarat defence.
Tamil Thalaivas meanwhile maintains a lead of two points over Gujarat Fortunegiants. 8-6 reads the scoreboard.
Gujarat Fortunegiants vs Tamil Thalaivas
41-30 That is how it ends as Pirates moves to second place in the Zone B table.
41-30 That is exactly how you add insult to injury. Deepak Hooda goes down and it is a Super Tackle.
As the official timeout is taken, the audience chants " Patna Jeetega! "
39-30 A Do-or-Die raid for the Pirates. Manjeet is tackled but it is already too late to inflict much of a damage to the team's score.
39-28 Manjeet has 9 raid points already as he walks in for the raid. Empty raid there.
39-27 Ajit Singh gets a point as Jaideep goes for a solitary tackle but fails.
39-26 Manjeet gets a point from his raid. Looked like a two-pointer in real time.
38-26 Ajit Singh gets to the bonus line again. One point is what he gets but does Pirates care about the lone point now? Official timeout taken.
37-25 Doesn't really seem like the Pirates is going to lose its way from here. A humongous 12-point lead is up on the board.
36-25 Anup Kumar with a Super-Raid here! Three points!
34-22 Well done! Pardeep Narwal has been wrestled down to the mat. One point to Panthers!
33-21 Second all-out inflicted on the Panthers by the Pirates. Today has been all about the Pirates, especially Pardeep Narwal. The Panthers never got things going its way.
29-21 Manjeet comes away with a crucial Do-or-Die raid point. An eight point lead.
28-21 Patna has been a good defensive unit. Left corner Jaideep comes up to assist the right corner as Ajit is floored.
25-21 Pardeep Narwal gets a Super 10. That is a total of 33 Super 10s in his career. A little late than he would have expected but better late than never.
24-20 Vijay gets a very good point. Gets Anup Kumar out!
23-20 Ajinkya Pawar raids successfully but he looks to be in a little trouble, as he picks up a shoulder injury.
23-19 Manjeet walks in for a Do-or-Die raid, but fails to get a point.
23-17 A crucial tackle there! A super tackle from Panthers. An adamant Sandeep gets a strong ankle hold as Narwal finds it impossible to go back.
23-15 Ajit Singh floored this time by Jaideep. One more point for Pirates.
Is the margin already too much to cover for the Panthers?
22-15 Ajit Singh gets the bonus point easily. Pardeep looks to be too eager to go in for the raid but the half-time whistle blows. He would have to wait a little more for his Super-10.
21-14 Easy picking for Narwal again. Gets the left corner. Nine raid points for him now already in this match!
20-14 Manjeet raiding for the Pirates. The Pink Panthers pins him down to the mat even as Sandeep Dhull utilizes the raider's blind spot.
19-13 Deepak Hooda gets the bonus as well as one touch point.
18-11 Pawar's Do-or-Die raid is impeccable. Slides to touch the line with his foot.
17-11 Even as Patna's starting of the home leg continues in the exact manner the Pirates wanted to Narwal comes back with an empty raid.
16-11 After an empty raid from Narwal, Pawar walks in and gets his man. One point!
16-10 Patna Pirates after inflicting an all out goes on with its momentum. Manjeet gets the left corner Jaideep.
Vikas Kale decides to go after Amit Kumar. Big mistake! Deepak Hooda walks in.
11-8 Pardeep Narwal already gets his second Super Raid of the night. 3 points! Just manages to graze his fingertips.
8-8 Selvamani has been tackled again. Vikas Kale with a wonderful block again.
6-8 Ajinkya Pawar takes a point as he gets left corner Jaideep.
6-6 Another successful raid from Pardeep Narwal as Deepak Hooda commits the mistake of walking upto him.
5-3 This time, no issues whatsoever. The fans are up on their feet as Narwal bags a Super Raid!
2-1 Vikas Kale with an outstanding job there. Shoves Selvamani as he reaches for the line.
1-1 Pardeep narwal goes through the first line of defence but fails to make it.
1-0 There is it! The first point in the home side's kitty. Manjeet brings the point home.
0-0 Anup Kumar too comes back with an empty raid. Tries to go for the bonus but fails.
0-0 And who else? Pardeep Narwal starting off things here for the Pirates.
You can sesnse the audience getting edgy as the countdown begins.
Jaipur Pink Panthers wins the toss and select the choice of court.
The first match would see Patna Pirates locking horns with the Panthers, in front of the home crowd. As the Pirates would look to start off its home leg on a high, Anup Kumar and his men would try and do everything in their power to stop it from happening.
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